President Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961, making him 49 years young. Candidate Obama, and later President Obama usually presented as a striking figure with an appearance that belied his physical age. However, a recent Associated Press photograph caught my attention; it seemed that Obama lost (or would that be gained?) several years rather quickly. Yet, when images of the president are viewed chronologically, the toll of the role can be seen. For your perusal here is a short series of pictures beginning with Candidate Obama.
Illinois' Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the office of the President of the United States in February, 2007. This was his official Senate Portrait.
Candidate Obama spent a lot of time on the campaign trail. This picture, taken in March, 2008 shows Obama at the Constitution Center delivering a speech on race.
The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was January 20th, 2009.
The Presidential Portrait for Fiscal Year 2010 was unveiled December 2009.
President Obama gave his weekly internet and radio address on September 3, 2010. This Associated Press photograph was taken during the address.
Being President of the United States is getting old.
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Political discourse is filled with hypotheses, hyperbole, and hyper activity. The Radical Right Wingers, the Loony Left, and the Mediocre Moderates can't seem to agree on anything. President Barack Obama has been described as the Messiah, the Anti-Christ, and most everything in between. Citations proving a person's opinion can range from fact to fiction, from historical to hysterical.
This blog does not seek to do any of that. Rather, it is in the hunt for anecdotal evidence of the effects of the Obama administration and policies. In addition, for the purpose of this forum, any legislation, regulations, appointments, etc. that have occurred since the inauguration of President Obama is acceptable.
How has the election of President Obama, the 111th Congress, and the Senate affected you and yours? Specifically, what policy, activity, action, inaction, decision, decree, law, or regulation has had, or will have, an effect on you, your family, your relatives, or your friends. For the purpose of this discussion, let's limit claims to those with which you are personally connected.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also commonly know as ObamaCare, will have a negative effect on my income and ability to purchase medications. The act will eliminate over the counter drugs as a qualified expense of the Health Spending Account.
On the positive side, I know several gun dealers that tell me gun and ammunition sales have been way up. They attribute this to the public perception of the Administration's view on gun laws.
My income is down. A few months after Obama assumed office, one of the contracts that my part-time employer had was canceled; the business was cutting costs in anticipation of increased taxes and reduced profits.
The effect of economic policy has made a significant negative impact on my primary job. The stock market drop resulted in a 40% loss of equity in my employer's endowment fund. That, coupled with reduced income, resulted in a $5 million loss of income for 2010. The loss of income resulted in layoffs of 25% of our workforce.
It is your turn: How have you (or someone you have direct knowledge of) been affected? What is the net effect of the change of administration and congress on you?
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